Content by tag "Rova"


Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites!

Read "No Favorites!" reviewed by Troy Collins

Ever since its formation in 1977, Rova, the pioneering West Coast saxophone quartet, has been augmenting its ranks to explore structured improvisation. No Favorites! pays homage to Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris, the inventor of Conduction, a revolutionary system for organizing large-ensemble improvisation using coded gestures. This ambitious album epitomizes a working relationship that Rova began with ...


Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic

Read "Western Automatic" reviewed by John Sharpe

After a heyday in the late 1970s which saw the World Saxophone Quartet, ROVA and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to list but three of the more celebrated, strutting their stuff, the format has undergone a hiatus more recently. However it remains firmly established as an instrumental configuration and perhaps the only surprise is that it ...


AACM Great Black Music Festival

Read "AACM Great Black Music Festival" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Ars Nova Workshop's AACM: Great Black Music Festival
Philadelphia, PA
June 4-13, 2011
It's been a hot half decade for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Nicole Mitchell's tenure as co-chair (with Ernest Dawkins) came at a time when her star as a flutist and bandleader was also rising. Co-founder Muhal Richard ...


Jeff Dayton-Johnson's Best of 2009

Read "Jeff Dayton-Johnson's Best of 2009" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Jazz Man of the Year honors go without a doubt to Rafael Gilbert of Spain, who attended a performance by Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at the Sigüenza Jazz Festival in December, and called the police to report that, whatever it was that Ochs was playing, it wasn't jazz. Ochs was asked to play ...


The Nice Guy Trio: Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio

Read "Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Give three imaginative artists a yearlong residency in a performance space, located in a breeding ground for creative music and the results hopefully will turn out to be something like Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio.

Canadian trumpeter Darren Johnston, now living in the Bay area of San Francisco, spent a year making music ...


Rova: Totally Spinning

Read "Totally Spinning" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Depending on your preference among saxophone quartets, Rova (comprised of Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams) and the World Saxophone Quartet would have to rank numbers 1 and 1A. Rova has always been perceived as the more avant-garde of the two, more prone to explorations of abstract sound, closer in spirit (and practice) ...


Rova: Totally Spinning

Read "Totally Spinning" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Se il World Saxophone Quartet, forse il più popolare delle formazioni di soli sassofoni, è da sempre il miglior esempio dell’anima black della musica afro-americana, con i suoi forti legami al blues, al gospel e alla church music in generale, Rova, fin dalla nascita avvenuta nel 1977, incarna il prototipo della formazione d’avanguardia, sperimentale e intellettuale, con flirt dichiarati ...


ROVA Orkestrova: Electric Ascension

Read "Electric Ascension" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Electing to interpret for the second time John Coltrane's seminal free jazz blowout Ascension was an odd move for West Coast sax quartet Rova to make on the band's 25th anniversary in 2003. Their motives aside, what it amounted to was restaging one of the band's least interesting records--based on a morass as individual as a ...


Rova: John Coltrane's Ascension & Electric Ascension

Read "Rova: John Coltrane's Ascension & Electric Ascension" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

“There is never any end. There are always new sounds to imagine: new feelings to get at. And always, there is a need to keep purifying these feelings and sounds so that we can really see what we've discovered in its pure state. So that we can see more clearly what we are. In that way, ...

ROVA::Orkestrova: Electric Ascension: An Interpretation of John Coltrane's Ascension

Read "Electric Ascension: An Interpretation of John Coltrane's Ascension" reviewed by John Kelman

When John Coltrane put together five saxophonists, two trumpets, two basses, piano, and drums to record Ascension forty years ago, his decision would polarize the jazz world. To fans of the more traditional forms from which Coltrane emerged, the two versions of the composition--and, as free as it was, it was a composition--represented something akin to ...